Former Trunk Club employee sues over unpaid overtime – Consumer News

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11 July 2017 | 6:42 pm

A former employee of Trunk Club in California sued the styling service, alleging he was pressured to work unpaid overtime and wasn’t reimbursed for business expenses.

Plaintiff Darius Rowser alleges that River North-based Trunk Club “knowingly permitted and required class members to perform work, off-the-clock, as part of their regular working hours, for which class members were not paid wages,” according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Los Angeles.

Trunk Club, a Nordstrom subsidiary, pressured Rowser and others to perform such “integral and indispensible” activities as working from home, attending involuntary work-related events after working hours, completing involuntary homework and attending involuntary training and classroom sessions unpaid, according to the suit.

Rowser’s suit seeks class-action status, aiming to include hundreds of current and formerly hourly employees. His LinkedIn profile says he worked for the River North company as a wardrobe stylist from May 2016 to January 2017 at a Trunk Club in Los Angeles.

The suit also alleges that Trunk Club failed to reimburse Rowser for business expenditures like gas and mileage to and from work-related events; failed to let him take the legally required 10-minute rest for every four hours worked, and did not give him time for a meal for every five hours worked.

“This is a prime example of a company failing to follow long-established federal and California labor laws,” David Yeremian, the Los Angeles lawyer representing Rowser, said in a statement. “New business models do not allow companies to claim employees’ time and resources as their own.”

Trunk Club did not immediately respond to interview requests. Nordstrom paid $350 million in 2014 to buy the Chicago startup.

Rowser seeks an unspecified amount of damages.



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